Characters Discussed (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
Aeneas (ee-NEE-uhs), the Trojan hero, legendary ancestor of the ancient rulers of Britain.
Ascanius (as-KAY-nee-uhs), his son.
Brutus (BREW-tuhs), his grandson, who colonizes Britain with a group of Trojan descendants. Brave and generous to his followers, he is an ideal leader in the tradition of Beowulf.
Assaracus, the heir of a Greek knight and his Trojan concubine. He is Brutus’ companion and military aide.
Corineus, the ruler of a Trojan colony in Spain and, later, of Cornwall. He is a man of violent temper and great bravery.
Geomagog, the giant who rules Logice, the island where Brutus lands.
Locrin, Brutus’ successor, who brings chaos upon his country by repudiating his wife, Corineus’ daughter, for his mistress, a maiden of his enemies, the Huns.
Albanact, his brothers, rulers of Wales and Scotland.
Humber, the king of the Huns, defeated by Locrin and Camber.
Aestrild, Locrin’s mistress.
Guendoline, Locrin’s rejected queen, who raises an army to defeat her husband and kill her rival.
Leil, a monarch who dies of sorrow at the uprising of his barons.
Ruhhudibras, the founder of Winchester and Canterbury.
Bladud, his heir, whose discovery of hot springs is considered evidence of his consultation with devils.
Leir, the legendary original of William...
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